Strictly from a rankings perspective, South Carolina and Clemson have reached a three-year nadir.

ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKINGS

Team (1st-place votes) Record Points Previous

1. Florida State (46) 1-0 1,456 1

2. Alabama (1) 1-0 1,317 2

3. Oregon (5) 1-0 1,314 3

4. Oklahoma (2) 1-0 1,283 4

5. Auburn 1-0 1,186 6

6. Georgia (2) 1-0 1,114 12

7. Michigan State 1-0 1,093 8

8. Ohio State 1-0 982 5

9. Texas A&M (2) 1-0 978 21

10. Baylor 1-0 962 10

11. UCLA 1-0 944 7

12. LSU (1) 1-0 926 13

13. Stanford 1-0 886 11

14. Southern Cal 1-0 729 15

15. Mississippi 1-0 525 18

16. Notre Dame 1-0 519 17

17. Arizona State 1-0 431 19

18. Wisconsin 0-1 364 14

19. Nebraska 1-0 352 22

20. Kansas State 1-0 325 20

T-21. North Carolina 1-0 196 23

T-21. South Carolina 0-1 196 9

23. Clemson 0-1 164 16

24. Missouri 1-0 147 24

25. Louisville 1-0 141 NR

Others receiving votes: Texas 126, Oklahoma State 94, Duke 60, Florida 49, Mississippi State 49, Penn State 49, Michigan 38, TCU 29, Washington 27, BYU 21, Iowa 18, Marshall 18, Virginia Tech 17, Tennessee 14, Cincinnati 8, Texas Tech 7, West Virginia 7, Rutgers 6, Arizona 4, North Dakota State 2, Louisiana 1, Pittsburgh 1.

The Tigers and Gamecocks are both 0-1 for the first time since 1999, and second time in 28 years, and they're each paying for it in the first Associated Press poll of the regular season - though they each remain in the top 25.

South Carolina fell a dozen spots to No. 21, while Clemson dropped seven rungs to No. 23. The Gamecocks are the seventh-highest of eight ranked SEC teams, while Clemson is now third out of four in the ACC pecking order.

South Carolina has been ranked for its past 53 games, dating to the 2010 opener against Southern Miss when the Gamecocks opened unranked. Steve Spurrier's program only spent two of those weeks outside the top 20, but they plummeted due to Thursday's 52-28 home loss to Texas A&M, which actually swapped spots with South Carolina (No. 21 preseason, No. 9 Tuesday.)

"I hope we're still in it," head coach Steve Spurrier told reporters Tuesday, before the AP poll was released. "I hope we don't completely drop out."

Clemson has had a number next to its name the past 38 games, but never below No. 21 during that stretch dating to Sept. 17, 2011, vs. Auburn.

The top four remained the same, topped by Florida State and followed by Alabama, Oregon and Oklahoma. Previous No. 5 Ohio State stepped three spots back due to a narrow win at Navy, its place in the top five taken over by Auburn.

Georgia, which trounced the Tigers 45-21, is the new No. 6, halving its previous No. 12 ranking. The Bulldogs visit South Carolina on Sept. 13, and No. 24 Missouri goes to Williams-Brice Stadium Sept. 27.

Clemson heads to No. 1 FSU on Sept. 20, and hosts No. 21 North Carolina (the Tar Heels and Gamecocks are tied for No. 21) on Sept. 27 before No. 25 Louisville visits Death Valley on Oct. 11.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, South Carolina is now No. 21 and Clemson is No. 24.